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Name: James Gulland

D.O.B.: 20/05/1982

Residency: London

Nationality: British

Twitter: @jamesgulland

6 things that I like to do in my spare time:

I spend a lot of time on the internet.  Probably too much.  I can spend hours on sites like reddit and music forums.  When not getting distracted, I love to do the following:


1) Music 

I have a pretty eclectic taste in music; anything from ambient, to jazz, to electronica, to drum 'n' bass.  I spend a lot of my free time researching new artists and styles, scouring online shops and old record stores to find unknown tracks.  I'm a bit too old to go clubbing these days like I used to, but I still get a great deal of satisfaction in putting together mixtapes for friends.  I am also entering the world of production, trying to create some original material of my own.  There is still a lot to learn... In the meantime, here is an example of the type of mixes I have composed in the past:

For more mixes, check my soundcloud page:

2) Sport

I am pretty competitive, especially when it comes down to playing sports.  My favourite sports are squash, badminton and running, but I have been known to play football, tennis and table tennis too.  Fitness is an important part of my routine.  I try and do some form of exercise at least 3 times a week.  I am always looking for new partners to play with, so hit me up if you are interested!


3) Travelling

When I am not enjoying the delights that London has to offer, I am quite often out of the country exploring new cultures and ways of life.  My favourite trip was spending 5 months out in south-east Asia, where my brother and I hired out motorbikes and toured countries finding new places to see, and meeting new people along the way.  We always liked going off the beaten track; not to tick tourist attractions off a list (although we did do some of that!) but to actually understand the fundamental way of life for people in those countries.  Which meant talking to local people about the culture, the politics, the religion and many other topics of interest.

I have travelled quite extensively to a number of countries in Asia, North America, the Caribbean, and Europe, including: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Cuba, Morocco, Turkey, United States of America, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Croatia, Slovakia, amongst others.

4) Cooking

I can't say I am much good at it, but I like to cook when I have a free afternoon or evening to spare.  I like to experiment with new recipes, and then adapt and refine the ones that I like over time.  I have about 5 or 6 favourite recipes that I bring out at (rare!) dinner parties that I host in my flat.  I am quite a fan of TV programmes like Masterchef Professional, where I try and learn from the best.  Any art form where I can eat the result is always a bonus in my books!

My favourite of all food is Asian style - it's the blend of fresh, clean, spicy, and sweet combination that does it for me.  Making me hungry now...

5) Furniture design

I am a big fan of products in general and this extends to the furniture realm.  Rather than older Victorian or Georgian pieces, I am more of a fan toward the retro trends of the 1960s and 1970s, typically from Scandinavia.  It is something about their simplicity, build quality and style that appeals to me.  About 5 years ago I found an Ercol table, that was owned by my grandfather, gathering dust in my parent's garage.  I took it out, stripped it back, did some basic repairs, and then varnished it.  It now resides in my flat good as new, along with a number of pieces I have acquired over the years.

6) Computer games

In the rare event I actually have any time left, I like to relax by playing PC games. I grew up in a time of the Commodore 64, NES, and SNES; computer games were my life as a child.. it's in my blood!  I like RTS (real-time strategy) games, as well as action and adventure games.  I grew up on the likes of Mario, Zelda and Metroid.  More recent favourites are games like Fallout, Skyrim, Grim Fandago, Anno, Command & Conquer, and Quake.

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